Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for Season 4, Episode 3 of New Amsterdam.
We suspected that we would have some twists and turns when the show hit the air again for Season 4 of New Amsterdam. But we’re not sure that we were ready for some of the drama that is heading our way or the questions it’s leaving us with.
Like, why did Karen hire Veronica? Is she really just there because she’s the best? Or is something bigger going to go down? Because it all seems super suspicious — and we have questions.
Season 4 of New Amsterdam hit the ground and took off running. There was no slow buildup to the drama in this season. Instead, the first episode had fans worrying about all the ways things could go wrong.
The first phase in the shakeup was the introduction of a new character — Dr. Veronica Fuentes (Michelle Forbes). During the second episode of the season, Karen Brantley (Debra Monk), Chairman of the Board of Directors at New Amsterdam Medical Center, makes a phone call.
And next thing we know, Dr. Veronica steps into the role of the new medical director. It was clear pretty early on that she was coming in to shake things up. It fit well with what was going on in the lives of the other medical staff — namely Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) and Helen Sharpe (Freema Agyeman).
The timing of a new director was suspicious. We recently learned that Max and Helen were planning to leave their roles at the hospital and move to London. The two were officially an item after a whole lot of drama and tension in the previous season.
And Karen wasn’t likely to let that happen without putting herself in the way of it. We knew there was going to be a shakeup, but we didn’t know it was gearing up to be as dramatic as it’s looking.
According to showrunner David Schulner, Dr. Veronica was hired to the hospital because the position would be open with Max leaving. Fans bought that until it was revealed that Max and Veronica have some history.
“She and Max have a history together and she’s the opposite of New Amsterdam,” David said to TV Insider. “No one believes Max as he tries to convince everyone that she’s the absolute wrong person for the job. Then slowly we… Brinkwire short summary.